San Diego, CA The Grand Island Northwest band performed Monday morning in San Diego and moved to their big performance that night.
The Vikings' band played in the Big Bay Balloon Parade with hundreds of other band players then prepares for playing in the halftime show in Monday's Holiday Bowl.
The Grand Island kids will join a band of 1800 musicians from around the country.
Band Director Shawn Pfanstiel said along with a few nerves, the band members are excited to play.
Pfanstiel said, "Oh I think the kids are pretty excited. We're going to get to the stadium before the general public opens so they'll get a little taste of the amount of people that will be able to watch this performance. Playing in front of 60,000-70,000 people should be one of the high points of the trip if not some of the high points of their life at this point."
The band will bring home a few awards after playing in the Balloon Parade.
The band place first in Class A and received awards for Best Auxiliary and Overall Best General Effect.
Pfanstiel said this band has worked hard for these honors.
He said, "The kids have just been a great group to work with the whole time. The attitudes have been great, spirits have been high. It's been a great year for the band program itself. We're celebrating our 50th year at Northwest High School and sporting new uniforms and we're also making this a trip year and this has been a fun way to celebrate."